"I was introduced to oil painting at a young age as I learned from my mother who loved to paint and do crafts. Her positive reinforcement of my early paintings convinced me I was an artist. My first and only art class in college convinced me otherwise. It was at a time when abstract art was in style, I did not like it, and I thought artists were a strange group. I changed my major from art to microbiology and only painted occasionally for many years. I graduated with a degree in medical technology and spent 40 years in laboratory medicine until retirement a few years ago.
"I now have time to paint or go explore nearly every day. I love to hike the canyon country we live in and take photos for studio work or set up outdoors for plein air painting. I returned to Dixie State University and took a few art classes to improve my skills under skilled mentors. My painting style is impressionalistic landscapes. I love to capture the beauty of the area in which we live and have produced many paintings, several that should be shared. Why do I paint? For the enjoyment of the creative process, the motivation it gives me to explore, and to capture and share the beauty that surrounds us.